Dear John Chapman,

John S. Chapman

Since 1956, Americans have written letters to “Dear Abby,” a clever advice column offering words of wisdom to troubled readers. Since 1998, investors have written emails and blog comments to our very own “Abby,” John Chapman, for advice, information and guidance. In these “Dear John Chapman,” letters, you’ll see some of the most common questions and comments we receive, and our responses. Please note that all personal information has been removed to protect the privacy of the senders.

Dear John Chapman,

I have suffered a loss of over $200,000 from XX.

My advisor had me too heavily weighted in these individual bonds for my portfolio and for my age (70 years). I am...

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Dear John Chapman,

My broker took an unusually high commission on a transaction.

Can I sue?

-Curious...

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Dear John Chapman,

Can I sue my financial advisor

for variable annuity contracts?

-Mad in...

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Dear John Chapman,

My broker is acting very suspicious.

Every time I ask him about one of my investments, he finds a way to avoid the question. Can I sue him if he hasn't...

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Dear John Chapman,

I invested $120k in non-traded REITs

as a retirement investment strategy and now can't liquidate. My broker has moved on and I am stuck with redemption...

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Dear John Chapman,

My financial advisor lost me a lot of money

and I want to sue her for negligence. How does the lawyer get paid?

-Hopeful...

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